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Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested over campaign financing

Sky News | The Former French president is being questioned in connection to alleged Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is being held by police in connection to alleged campaign funding from late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Mr Sarkozy is being questioned as part of an investigation into “irregularities” in election campaign financing, a French court source told Reuters.

He is said to have accepted €50m from Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, claims which have been repeated by the late Libyan dictator’s son and French businessman Ziad Takieddine.

The amount would be more than double the legal spending limit in French elections at that time, which was €21m.

Alleged payments would also violate French laws on foreign financing and declaring the source of campaign funds.

Mr Sarkozy and his campaign manager have repeatedly denied accepting money from Libya.

According to Le Monde, this is the first time Mr Sarkozy has been questioned in relation to this investigation, which was opened in April 2013.

He can be held for up to 48 hours and presented to a magistrates’ court for indictment if police seek charges.

Mr Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate case, concerning the financing of his 2012 re-election campaign, when he lost to Francois Hollande.

In March 2011, Saif al Islam Gaddafi, the late dictator’s son, told Euronews: “Sarkozy has to give back the money he accepted from Libya to finance his electoral campaign. We financed his campaign and we have the proof…

“The first thing we’re demanding is that this clown gives back the money to the Libyan people.”

Mr Takieddine claims he delivered three suitcases stuffed with cash to Paris between 2006 and 2007, and handed them over to Mr Sarkozy in the interior ministry when he was a minister.

Mr Sarkozy was president of France from 2007 until 2012.

He attempted to stage a comeback for the 2017 election, but failed to convince the voters in his own party to support him and had to concede to Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe.

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22 comments

  1. May the ghosts of all those Libyans, Ivorians and other Africans who have died because of you continue to haunt you until your last days. period.

    Bah Acho, make sure you take him some overnight fufu and jama-jama when you have the time.

  2. How astonishing if a politician took money and then used the resources of a country let alone the western alliance to destroy the creditor? Bring back the Guillotine! This would be the crime of the Century.

  3. Posing with your killer… this world is such a funny place.

  4. This wicked man Sarkozy needs a dose of polonium.
    We all hope he will never see the light of a day; but don’t be naive then a si just a show.
    If justice was for all, the Bushs, Clinton, Obama and Blair should all be locked up and hanged.

  5. Read: …. don’t be naive, this is just a show for the masses.

  6. Ghadaffi, the thug and wannabe Emperor of Africa stole from Lybians to finance the activities of imperialists. He was Shirly going on his knees in front of the k-leg Sarkozy to intercede on his behalf for Western squeezing and sanctions to be lessened in him. The question is, why was he put out in the sun to dry by imperialists, though he had a lot of oil. Of course, after silencing Lybians with dictator, sexual intimidation and over of bank notes and TV sets, he wanted to extend his despotic attitude abroad and started ordering thugs to attack western social facilities, like a night club in Berlin and shooting down a plane over Scotland. When the West hammered him back, he had to start cosying up to hardened racists like Sarkozy. The link is clear to see!

    • Power does strange things to people, n’est-ce pas? Our only problem is to focus on those far, far away even as we have one right in front of us.

      • Libya’s Khaddafi often reminds us of the paradox next door – Nigeria. Here is one country which imports what it has in abundance (petrol) even as it exports what is crucially lacking at home (democracy).

        • democracy hein?? repeating after others hein? what is democracy? useless empty barrel brain!

  7. @Mbappe Why should Bush,Obama and Blair be locked up and not Biya? Bush invaded Iraq,so u mean to say and should be locked up.Has Biya not invaded Ambasonia?
    Remember,the Bush’s and the Blairs are not playing the same league with Biya .Just wait,it’s just a matter of time,Biya will be collected like a termite.
    When asked why they were massacring Kosovo Albanians during the Bosnian war, Slobodan Milosevic and his general,Ratko Mladic said that Senior Bush was doing the same thing in Iraq during the Golf War.But we all know where Slobodan Milosevic and his General,Ratko Mladic ended up.And also where the Bush’s are,right now.The lesson is that don’t measure up with your boss.

  8. @Mbappe Biya has been stealling in Cameroon,but none of his ministers will have the courage to justify that they are stealing becos Biya is also stealing.Becos Biya has the power to put them in jail but not vice versa.So watch out.

  9. @KONGOSA
    I think you discredit you arguments when you inject hyperbole with the ridiculous; like Biya Invaded “ambazonia” How did Biya invade ambazonia ( you know ambazonia is just a figment of your imagination right? its like Narnia it does not exist). Which country, state government or organization recognizes ambazonia as a territory late alone a country? it is not an autonomous areas. By every measure Biya is the PRESIDENT of THE REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON which last i checked included the Northwest and Southwest regions. So how did he invade a country that he is president of?

    • And why would he invade part of his country and without authorization from
      parliament? Remember he declared war on SC, upon return from meeting his
      french masters. Waiting for your answer.

  10. Hang the slimy scum bag krakozy by the balls,and no matter what anyone says,Gaddafi was a true son of Africa.

  11. Good. Next should be French African nations suing the French for confiscating their national reserve since independence. Then the people of Libya must sue NATO for illegally invading Libya when Saif Islam Ghadaffi becomes president.

  12. @Bueapickin Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait.And we all know that Kuwait is an independent country today.Or,do u want me to use the word annex?..No,it is invasion,it all depends on your definition of a country.Go and ask Biya if he has an act of union beteen LRC and Ambasonia,and he will not be able to show u one.Biya has invaded Ambasonia.And he will be hanged by his balls..

    • @KONGOSA

      I did ask Biya and he refereed me to the British Cameroons referendum of 1961.
      Saddam Hussein did invade Kuwait which was an independent country then too. You cannot “invade” “annex” “colonize” your own country. Until “ambazonia” is legally a region territory or country deemed so by international law, you have no case my friend.

  13. Sentence him for life as he was the one who stopped @lum to send chalk to her village schools .

    • @Colby
      It is bad enough to be ignorant. But what is worse is to want to foist ignorance on others!

      I notice you have become enamored of Lum for expressing views that clash with your ignorant views of the world we live in. As a citizen, Lum pays taxes are required by law. The tax money thus paid goes into government treasury from where it is budgeted for various tasks (public works, health, education) and entrusted into appointed state officials. Lum is not one of such appointed state officials and has no business buying chalk for schools in her village or elsewhere! If you do it, good for you but it is no obligation of other citizens.

      • [email protected] Agree on your second paragraph the state should pay for the chalk and give a tax brake to a Cameroon SME to produce it in the country .

      • Short sighted Dull @Dinga before fighting the government start by asking yourself what have you done for your community you mentioned taxes is she the only one paying taxes?experiences have shown that many desperate drunkards like you are the ones running their empty mouth on this platform hanging on failures of the government to justify your personal ones Mr ‘sabitout’ Everyone knows that the government have failed that doesn’t stop Bue/Bda/DLA etc… Startups to shine put in your stupid mind that at the moment you’re bleating on this platform to display your latest discovery on Oxford to empress, thousands are doing their best to make this country liveable senile idiot !

        • Yeah, the thousands whose faces have been appearing on this forum the past few days for having been sacked by Biya because of corruption. Some the thousands have dribbled the security services and have found their way to places like Canada, where they will make the country liveable! You us here that you were pursuing a PhD
          In the forest. Why did you want us to take in your airs about your desert PhD, but others cannot flaunt their Oxford know-how? “ Everyone knows that the gov’t has failed”. What is the reason of the failure French slave? You who like contributing something, why did you intervene to stop this failure? The musong that was thrown on your empty head when you were a child has transformed you into a yapping gorilla!